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We’re excited to see the show embracing what we know to be true: homes built for the 21st-century should and can be easily powered by the sun. Watch for EkoBuilt (booth 911) as you take in the tremendous range of exhibitors and programming highlights at this year’s show. We’d love to have a chat.
Stay tuned for our next post: we’ll be sharing full details of the solar installation and power plans for the almost complete EkoModel Home.
No surprise, really, when you consider that good insulation will make your home comfortable, energy efficient and healthy.
The EkoBuilt Model Home is insulated with Thermocell’s ProCell Blue, a blown cellulose insulation. In our books, this is the most cost-effective insulation on the market. For a side-by-side cost and effectiveness comparison with insulation more typically found in conventional house builds, see below.
But what else should you know about ProCell Blue?
It’s affordable – similar in cost to batts or loose fill fibreglass.
It’s eco-friendly – being made with 100% post-consumer recycled newsprint.
It’s high performance – with superior thermal, acoustical and fire resistant properties.
It’s healthy – safe and non-toxic, it will not cause skin irritation or itching while also repelling insects and rodents.
It’s easy – being straightforward and versatile to apply, offering seamless coverage.
It will save you money – trimming easily 20 to 30% off your home’s energy bills.
Below are comparison costs for three different insulation options for the Trillium house plan:
Wall insulation value = R22
Roof insulation value = R40
Cost of rockwool batt insulation = $15,600
Cost of spray foam insulation = $17,900
Wall insulation value = R75
Roof insulation value = R120
Cost of ProCell Blue cellulose insulation = $18,250
As you can see, we’re achieving three times the insulation value at very little additional cost. We’re also getting the benefit of an amazing product that uses a natural stabilizer, borate, which renders it completely fire retardant, mold and mildew proof, as well as insect proof. What more could you ask for?
EkoBuilt’s ProCell Blue Installer
Please feel free to contact our Ottawa-area insulation installer to get a quote or more information for your own home insulation: Cliff Antonakos
When it came time to choose energy efficient windows and doors for the passive house that we’re constructing, the decision was obvious. Ireland’s Munster Joinery makes windows and doors that are three times better in performance than any North American options.
Europe has embraced the Passive House standard more quickly and readily than North America, so it’s not surprising to find that it is home to a large number of suppliers who can provide the right materials and finishes for PassiveHouse projects at competitive pricing and superior quality.
For the EkoModel Home, we chose the PassiV uPVC Tilt & Turn Window. This model comes in vinyl, aluminum and wood; we chose vinyl as the most energy efficient and cost effective option.
These windows, which are so much more energy efficient than North American units but similar in price, simply made sense for the EkoModel Home.
Similar to the window options, Munster Joinery doors also come in vinyl, aluminum and wood options.
Munster Joinery also offers the option of timber doors and windows which have been clad in aluminum; these are considered to be a good all-weather option with enhanced aesthetic appeal for some homeowners.
About Munster Joinery
Munster Joinery is one of the largest manufacturers of energy efficient windows and doors in Europe. Founded in 1973, the company has continued to offer new products, materials and processes throughout its four decades. The company has operations in Ireland, Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom.
The EkoBuilt Model PassiveHouse just west of Ottawa
The PassiveHouse standard is known for creating homes with an extremely small energy footprint, but did you know that it can be done simply, and even affordably?
PASSIVE HOUSE CAN BE SIMPLE – This state of the art low-energy home building style is actually based on simple technology. Smart design, abundant insulation, air-tight and vapor-tight constriction techniques, a 92% efficient air-exchange unit, a 10,000 BTU air-to-air source heat pump, and that’s pretty much it.
PASSIVE HOUSE CAN BE AFFORDABLE – A minimalist approach to design makes this possible. Minimizing exterior wall and roof area keeps material costs down. A simple roof line allows for speedy construction, saving on installation costs and keeping maintenance at a minimum.
Learn more about how building a Passive House might be simpler and more affordable than you think, right here.
This Special Report from Scotiabank illustrates extremely well the need for more energy efficient home design and construction:
Rising energy prices are eroding the purchasing power of Canadian
households. The average cost of energy products and other utilities used
in household operations and motor vehicle transportation has risen
roughly 5% this year. The increase has been broadly based,
encompassing gasoline, fuel oil, natural gas, electricity and water.